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SanDisk Unveils New SanDisk Ultra II SSD—An Easy, Cost-Effective Solution to Supercharge Your PC

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the new SanDisk Ultra® II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new drive is designed to deliver a cost-effective and easy upgrade solution for PC owners looking to improve performance, battery life, and power efficiency. The enhanced SSD Dashboard provides visibility into the drive’s performance, security, and available firmware updates, to maintain peak performance at all times.

SanDisk Ultra® II SSD (Photo: Business Wire)

SanDisk Ultra® II SSD (Photo: Business Wire)

“We live in an era where we expect to have information at our fingertips anytime, anywhere, with technology that keeps us connected to both our personal and work lives on devices that won’t fail,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of retail product marketing at SanDisk. “The new SanDisk Ultra II SSD, together with the improved SSD Dashboard, provides consumers with an easy, affordable way to ensure that their PC can keep pace with their increasingly connected, information-driven lifestyle.”

Everything You Do On Your Computer, Faster

With the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD you can upgrade your hard disk drive-based PC to experience up to 28 times performance improvement1 and up to 15 percent longer battery life2. The drive features sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s* and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s*, allowing for faster boot up time and shorter application loads. Based on X3 NAND Flash technology, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes equipped with nCache™ 2.0 technology that utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize drive speed and endurance. The drive is also shock resistant, which keeps data safe even if the computer is bumped or dropped.

Easy to Use SSD Dashboard Monitors Drive Status and Management

The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with the enhanced SanDisk SSD Dashboard, which displays the drive’s performance, manual or scheduled TRIM, available firmware updates and tips on how to maintain the drive at its peak operation. Users can choose from 17 different languages and get assistance from “Live Chat” and “Ask a Question via Email” buttons. Additional value-added software features of the SanDisk SSD Dashboard include:

  • Cloning– Ability to create an exact replica of an old drive onto the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD in three easy steps with Apricorn’s EZ GIG IV. With the cloning software, there is no need to re-install the operating system, programs or settings.
  • Antivirus– Easy-to-use security for what consumers do most online - email, socialize, and browse with Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Antivirus+.
  • Theft Recovery– Created by Absolute Software, Absolute® LoJack is the leader in consumer data protection and theft recovery, providing a persistent solution that can locate a device if stolen and return it to the rightful owner.

“Consumers upgrading their PC for a faster experience with the SanDisk Ultra II SSD want the data migration process to be easy,” said Mike McCandless, vice president of sales and marketing, Apricorn, Inc. “We’re excited to partner with SanDisk to provide the Apricorn EZ Gig cloning software to SanDisk customers for simple data migration from slower hard disk drives. EZ Gig is available either through the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard software suite or within the SanDisk SSD Conversion kit and works with all SanDisk client SSDs.”

The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with a 3-year warranty and will be available online and through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in September. It will be offered in capacities of 120GB (MSRP $79.99), 240GB (MSRP $114.99), 480GB (MSRP $219.99), and 960GB (MSRP $429.99). For more information on the SanDisk Ultra II SSD, please visit www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/ultra-ii.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

* Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, OS and application. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.

1 As compared to 7200 RPM SATA 2.5” hard drive. Based on published specifications and internal benchmarking

2 SanDisk SSD Deployment Whitepaper, 2013, see http://www.sandisk.com/goto/ssdupgrade/Downloads/SanDisk_SSD_Deployment_White_Paper.pdf

© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries. nCache is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for technology and product introductions, product capabilities, costs and performance, markets and industry trends that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available when we expect or in the capacities that we expect or perform as expected, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.

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